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    #1

    I don't know what's the matter.

    Which sentences is/are correct?
    (1) I don't know what's the matter.
    (2) I don't know what the matter is.
    (3) What subjects do you know does he like?
    (4) What subjects do you know he likes?
    Deep thanks in advance.
    Last edited by xxwzs; 18-Mar-2016 at 03:12. Reason: improper punctuation

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    #2

    Re: clause

    What do you think?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What do you think?
    It is said by my students that according to what they were taught before, both (1) and (3) works normally.

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    It is said by my students that according to what they were taught before, both (1) and (3) works normally.
    What is your own view as a teacher?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    It is said by My students say that, according to what they were taught before, both (1) and (3) works work normally.
    Note my corrections above. You referred to them as "my students" suggesting that you are a teacher. Your member profile says you are "interested in language". Which one is correct? If you are their teacher, you should be able to answer the original question yourself.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: I don't know what's the matter.

    I have changed your thread title.


    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'


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    #7

    Re: clause

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    What is your own view as a teacher?
    I prefer both (2) and (4).

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    #8

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    You are right.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #9

    Re: clause

    I prefer "Do you know what subjects he likes?".
    Is #4 acceptable?

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    #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my corrections above. You referred to them as "my students" suggesting that you are a teacher. Your member profile says you are "interested in language". Which one is correct? If you are their teacher, you should be able to answer the original question yourself.
    As you mentioned above, I am an amateur English teacher who is interested in English. As I was discussing above-mentioned 4 sentences with my students, they pointed out that their former English teacher held different views from mine. He chose (1) and (3) while I stood for (2) and (4). I searched the Internet, trying to figure out whose choice was correct but only to find each choice had their supporters. I am so embarrassed that I come here for help. I really really need to know which is/are correct.
    Thanks a lot again.
    Last edited by xxwzs; 18-Mar-2016 at 16:40. Reason: spelling mistake, grammar mistake

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